General News
Tuesday, 17 September 2019



Placerville, California (September 17, 2019)………Pre-registration is now open for competitors of the richest two-day Midget race in USAC history on November 19-20, 2019, at California’s Placerville Speedway.

Drivers and teams can now register at for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, the first ever appearance by the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets at Placerville, which will pay a whopping purse in excess of $100,000 when the series arrives at the quarter-mile dirt oval for two consecutive nights of racing.

The Hangtown 100 will feature both the USAC National and Western States Midgets competing for a $5,000 prize in the 30-lap feature on the opening night, Tuesday, November 19.  The event concludes on Wednesday, November 20, with a 100-lap feature, the first 100-lap race for the series since 2012, that pays $20,000 to the winner and $1,000 to start.

The format for the event emphasizes passing using a modified Trophy Cup format which will use a pill draw and a “draft,” allowing drivers to choose their own starting sports for the heat races.  Drivers will group qualify based on where they will line up in their heat race.

An extra $20,000 will be up for grabs to the overall Hangtown 100 champion who accumulates the most combined points between the two nights of racing.  Both nights of racing will pay appearance points only to USAC-licensed teams and drivers toward the USAC Midget series championship standings.  The rain date for the event, if needed, is Thursday, November 21.  The Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors will also be on the event card.

USAC Midgets have visited Placerville on four previous occasions, all coming under the Western States banner.  Jimmy Sills, a Placerville native, won in 1996.  Ronnie Gardner captured the victory in 2016.  Shane Golobic is the lone two-time Placerville winner, racing to victory lane in 2013 and in the most recent event in 2017.

The “Hangtown 100” is part of an expanded western swing for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, which concludes the season with six events in Arizona and California during the month of November, all in conjunction with the USAC Western States Midgets.

The midgets return to the “Western World Championships” at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on November 15-16 before the back-to-back nights at Placerville on November 19-20.  The weekend finishes up at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on the 23rd for the “November Classic,” which leads into the 79th running of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” on Thanksgiving night, November 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

Tickets for the Hangtown 100 can be reserved at